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The Idiot Restaurant

Moika Embankment, 82, St. Petersburg 190000, Russia
+7 812 315-16-75
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  • Excellent46%
  • Very good38%
  • Average11%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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“potato pie” (13 reviews)
“pelmeni” (32 reviews)
“herring” (12 reviews)
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European, Russian, Eastern European, Central European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
Moika Embankment, 82, St. Petersburg 190000, Russia
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Reviewed yesterday

Playing well on Dostoyevsky´s famous "The Idiot", this cavern-like place serves healthy portions of typical old-school Russian dishes. The friendly services takes good care of your digestion with a free Vodka. Their beer on tab is surprisingly goood.

Thank Eric M
Reviewed 2 days ago

Named offer Dostoyevsky's famous novel, The Idiot restaurant has tables in small nooks and crannies, and has an atmosphere that feels like a private residence. It has a very pleasant feeling. A very nice feature is that with every drink order they give you a...More

Thank springpa
Reviewed 4 days ago

We went twice in our trip in June as it was close to our hotel and on the first evening we had excellent service and divine food, even though my first choice was available. However the following night we felt abandoned by our waitress, our...More

Thank Mumpays
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I very much liked the feel of the place, a comfortable cellar. The menu for a vegetarian was more than adequate although simple. When we came to order my husband's chosen dish wasn't available neither was the wine we had decided on. Sometime later we...More

1  Thank Vanessa T
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely bohemian feel, bit dark and mysterious but safe and wonderful. The menu is extensive, the wine list is extensive. The cavernous rooms flow from one to another and another.. My white fish under marinade was delicious, the baked vegetables were delicious, the lamb cutlets...More

Thank Jim T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The service was very good! We don't have much time but Waitress bring all beverages and foot very fast. As complimentary snack they give a shot with vodka. :) "Pelmeni" was very tasty!

Thank Eduards B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A small, charming and authentic restaurant in the heart of Saint Petersburg. Unpretentious, traditional food, lots of veggie dishes too.

Thank Fabienne S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

True, it's a Russian classic but we found it's atmosphere way too black for a nice sunny day (and these are rare in this part of the world). The menu offers all kinds of Russian food and, for a change, it is quite impressive but...More

Thank jasna z
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Unassuming in decor. Quaint. Yet there is something fascinating about The Idiot Cafe in St Petersburg. Family style, delicious food makes it a 'home away from home' experience. The Vodka was better than what we tasted elsewhere. Great selection. We had a friendly server who...More

Thank Shivy0206
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had a great time here and actually we would give this restaurant a 4.5 if we could. The atmosphere is quaint and the food was great. We had a hot beef and mushroom appetizer to start. We went on to a couple of shared...More

Thank Michaela
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available
Good for
Groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Moika Embankment, 82, St. Petersburg 190000, Russia
  • Location: Europe  >  Russia  >  Northwestern District  >  St. Petersburg
  • Phone Number: +7 812 315-16-75
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